The Belfast Trojans completed an unbeaten regular season with a comfortable 56-8 victory over the Craigavon Cowboys in Carrickfergus.
The Trojans were the second game of an Independence Day double-header in Carrickfergus and thrilled the crowds with the dominant display on both sides of the ball. The win sealed the third unbeaten season in the last four years for the Trojans during which they have lost one single domestic game.
They will now host the IAFL semi-final double header at Deramore Park later this month.
David Colvin and David Richardson each notched hat-tricks for the reigning champions, while Matt Armstrong also found the endzone twice as the Trojans offence hit top gear after a sluggish start. Quarterback James McKelvey added to his league-leading touchdown total with another five scores, bringing him to 24 all-purpose touchdowns on the season.
Colvin opened the scoring on the first drive going in from close-range after good running from Neil Montgomery. Armstrong’s punt return added to the lead, before the McKelvey-Richardson tandem combined for the first of their three touchdown connections. The signal caller would then sneak in to make it 25-0 at the half after an error on the Cowboys return team allowed Andy McGorman to fall on a live ball 2 yards out.
Into the second half and Richardson again made light work of double coverage to reign in his second touchdown grab. Armstrong then ran untouched from 18 yards after an athletic interception from safety Scott Fischaber. Belfast pulled away in the final quarter Colvin adding another pair of scores, in between Richardson’s third touchdown on the day.
Luis Alberto’s long touchdown meant the Cowboys avoided another shutout at the hands of the imperious Trojan defence.
The Trojans will now keep a keen eye on Wildcard weekend, ahead of their semi-final clash at Deramore Park on 26 July.